Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper delivered some instant reaction this afternoon as the Reds announced that Steven Reid has rejoined the club. The coach returns in a first-team coaching capacity after 12 months away from the City Ground.
The popular figure was a massive influence on the team as they won promotion during 2021/22. He departed after achieving that feat with the team, choosing to focus on a mental health programme that he had decided to put his efforts into.
Now, he’s back on Trentside, however. He has returned to work under Cooper once again and it will be hoped that his ideas and methods can help the team kick on this season.
Reid made over 350 appearances as a player for the likes of Millwall, West Brom and Blackburn. He went into coaching at the end of his playing days and was originally added to Forest’s coaching ranks by Chris Hughton.
The 42-year-old oversaw a 2-0 win against Huddersfield during 2021/22. That result kickstarted Forest’s season after Hughton had been sacked, with Reid placed in temporary charge.
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Cooper is delighted with this appointment. He told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted that Reidy is returning to the club.
“He had a massive impact in our Championship promotion-winning season, be he also has the experience of working and playing in the Premier League.
“Steven also understands the way we work and the culture we both like to live at the training ground and at the City Ground.”
Cooper delivers instant reaction as Reid returns to Forest
This is a huge piece of news. Reid is well respected within the game and it was crystal clear that he was a popular figure inside the dressing room at Forest.
Reid will hope to pick up where he left off on Trentside. He departed on a high after winning promotion; with some believe he was the mastermind behind the success.
One thing that the article doesn’t say is what will be happening to Andy Reid. He had picked up the baton following last summer’s departure and it remains to be seen what his position will be.
Reid will have the backing of the supporters following his return. As a result, he will hope to quickly get his feet back under the table.